DANGEROUS storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and Armadale residents have been urged to make sure their homes are storm safe this winter.
Most storm damage to homes occurs from loose and broken roof materials, fallen trees and branches and flooding from blocked gutters and downpipes.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said storms were unpredictable and the damage they can cause should not be underestimated.
“Preparing your property for the winter storm season is vital,” he said.
“By simply taking basic actions you could significantly minimise the damage your home may sustain during a storm.
“Properly preparing your home also takes away the worry your family may experience if a storm hits.”
To report property damage during a storm contact Armadale SES on 13 25 00.
If there are fallen power lines, stay well clear as they may still be live and call Western Power on 13 13 51.
Further information on how you to prepare for the winter storm season, visit the DFES website.
Storm safety tips
Check roof and gutters for damage or loose material.
Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages.
Trim branches near and hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines.
Clear rubbish from yard, balcony or patio and put away any loose objects.
Prepare emergency kit with portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and family emergency plan.
Prepare emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded.
Have emergency phone numbers at hand.